October 28, 2010
There will be no end to the era of Miami Heat players saying ridiculous things. You do know that, right?
"I mean, really it's all about being on TV at the end of the day," Bosh said following the pre-game shoot around. [...]
"Seriously, a guy can average (20 points and 10 rebounds) and nobody cares. If you don't see it, it doesn't really happen." [...]
"If you look around, there's more cameras than I've seen in a month, maybe two months probably in a season combined," Bosh said. "It's a little different."
So, because you played on the Toronto Raptors, you didn't get the publicity you deserved? The TV face time you deserved? Playing for one of the most rabid fan bases in one of the biggest cities in North America, a city that hosted the most popular NBA pod/videocast throughout your time with the team, and nobody saw it?
Chris, if anything, you were a little overrated until last season. A great player, but nowhere near the LeBron/Kobe/Wade/Howard-level. Do you know how I can tell? Because LeBron James(notes) and Dwyane Wade(notes) had pretty crummy supporting casts for most of their runs, and they still were in the playoffs consistently, playing on national TV. Kobe Bryant(notes), before Pau Gasol(notes) showed up, still dragged a terrible Los Angeles Lakers team into the playoffs a couple of times. You made it in twice, in seven years.
But, kids, the man has a point. It really is "all about being on TV at the end of the day."
Like Charlie Sheen, Jay Leno, and Snooki.
Chris went on The Fan 590 in Toronto this morning to clarify his remarks, which was nice, but he's still off quite a bit.
"Some players will be considered better than others because, if more people see it, than more people will think that that player is better than another, even if the numbers don't match up."
This is true, it's undeniable. People will take what they're familiar with and appreciate it more than something unfamiliar, even if it doesn't seem right in any logical sense.
But what ultra-televised power forward or center was thought to be better than Chris over the years due solely to his time spent on national TV? Kevin Garnett(notes)? Well, excluding last season (when KG did grab a starting nod in the All-Star Game over a more-deserving Bosh), KG was better than Chris. Pau Gasol? Pau Gasol was and is a better all-around player than Chris. Dwight Howard(notes)? The perimeter troika of Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade? All better.
We understand what you're getting at, but just stop. And when you drop lines like the one that's quoted above, you're going to get burned. Such is life around so many TV cameras.